In 1830, Daniel and Catharine Arnold, of Rockingham County, Virginia, along with
their five children, decided to move west. They sold their land, packed their possessions
in a wagon, and set off for Ohio. After a long journey by ox and wagon, they settled
along Dry Run, a tributary of the Mad River. The property they settled on was initially
purchased by Henry Harshbarger, Catharine Arnold's father, in 1830. Upon arriving,
the family moved into a log house previously built on the site. In the spring, Daniel
Arnold bought 158 acres from his father-in-law for $2,000. A new house was finished
by the Arnold Family in 1836.